I have recently begun to work with historical tarot decks, more specifically the group called the Tarot of Marseilles. The Major Arcana and Court Cards are pictorial and therefore fairly easily read. The challenge comes from the Minor Arcana, which are not pictorially illustrated. The 2 of Cups only shows 2 cups on it although there are also some flowers and decorative elements. This makes it necessary for the reader to use their own system, which often involves combining numerological meanings with suit meanings. For example, the number 7 has a specific meaning, which becomes even more specific when the 7 is expressed in Batons/Fire. These meanings can then by modified by an intuitive reading of the decorative floral elements.
Below is the personal system I am working on for interpreting non-pictorially illustrated minor arcana. I must stress that this system is very much under construction. Meanings will be modified as my practice progresses. That being said, I nonetheless hope that you enjoy seeing my primary forays into this fascinating subject.
|Number||Individual Card||Grouping||Related Major Pair|
Manifestation of Impulse
La Maison Dieu
Manifestation of Awareness
|Manifestation||Le Roue De Fortune
DEFINITION OF TERMS
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